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There are the things the president is doing that he said he would do. These actions can draw plenty of criticism, but not genuine shock. Then there are the things he is not doing which he said he would do.

The 2008 election galvanized young voters and organizers. One year later, where are they?

Why Russia and China will sink Washington's Iran policy.

The essays in our forum call into question many of the myths and faulty assumptions about the best course of US policy in Afghanistan.

US Afghanistan policy should not be held hostage to the president's past rhetoric.

It's peculiar, the vocabulary that makes a liability out of the Nobel Prize.

Did the president deserve to win the Nobel Peace Prize? No, of course not. But he still has a chance to earn it.

Just because the United States is trying to be a global team player again doesn't mean the game gets better rules.

People shouldn't take Peace Prizes too seriously except under those rare circumstances when a prize committee somewhere gets it right.

Marginal extremist voices are amplified by the right-wing echo chamber.

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In his State of the Union address last night, Obama pitched universal childcare and paid leave—for both mothers and fathers.

January 21, 2015

The president’s request for a quick trade deal was met with silence.

January 21, 2015

More than a wish list, he offers a framework for 2015 legislative fights and the 2016 campaign.

January 20, 2015

The new senator from Iowa credits the billionaires and their allies: they “really started my trajectory.”

January 20, 2015

The president will use his State of the Union Address to propose new taxes and fees on very rich people and very big banks.

January 18, 2015

The president wants cities to be able to innovate with municipal broadband systems.

January 15, 2015

As he prepares to visit Washington, President Enrique Peña Nieto’s alibi is unraveling.

January 5, 2015

The congressional showdown has given us an exciting glimpse of what the future might look like if they lead the way for a liberal insurgency.

December 12, 2014

Despite the important policy changes outlined by the president last night, around six million undocumented immigrants will remain “deportable.”

November 21, 2014

Knowing that many will be left out, parents and children nervously await the executive orders the president will reveal Thursday evening.

November 20, 2014